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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,876 ratings  ·  394 reviews
A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.

Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vo
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, young-adult
This is a cute story about a father-daughter relationship after the mother has died... This is a religious/philosophical tale about the nature of faith and what lengths you should go to for the sake of your beliefs... This is a cute story about a father-daughter relationship after the mother has died... This is a religious/philosophical tale about the nature of faith and what lengths you should go to for the sake of your beliefs...This is... I don't even know. But more about that in a moment.
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
You have 5 weeks to lose your virginity… Go!

To keep her promises to her dying mother, Shelby has to find a loophole that will let her get away with breaking the vows she has to take in a few weeks. The answer: she has to have sex, STAT. A plot that starts out as mostly fluff and a bit silly, comes off being surprisingly touching by the end. I admit some things in this plot are a bit irrational. How she works around the promises, making decisions that are sometimes foolish and irresponsible, but
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This is going to be a difficult review to write. Not because I hated the book but because I didn’t agree with it. So while from an objective point of view, I can see where Shelby is coming from, I cannot quite bring myself to agree with her actions in any way or form.

I find female sexuality very interesting. This might be because I’m a female myself, hur, but also because being Muslim, I’ve had people automatically assume that things such as sex etc not something I would care to discuss or talk
Mimi Valentine
Warning: This book will make you laugh! You'll be smiling so much that your cheeks hurt at some points, and at others you won't be able to help aching for Shelby as she learns difficult life lessons without a mom to guide her, which no kid should have to do.

Shelby has 5 weeks to lose her virginity before she has to vow against impurity at the Princess Ball. The idea may sound juvenile at first, but it's actually NOT. It's sweet and honest. Shelby is bound by three promises she vowed to her mothe
Maggie Stiefvater
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I talked about this one on NPR ( when I was highlighting the best 2012 YA fiction that I read IN 2012. Here's what I said:

I'm an unashamed lover of movies as well as books, and I have a special place reserved in my black heart for movies that feel like books and vice versa. Nick Hornby and John Green generally live in this zone for me, with characters and plots both walking a fine line between quirky and unbelievable. Jackson Pearce elbows her way into th
I was a little hesitant to read this, I'm not even going to lie. It's not that I don't like Jackson's writing (because I do), or that I thought that she would be heavy-handed and didactic and...zealous (because I didn't, really). It's just that there was the chance. I mean, a YA book that tackles virginity in terms of purity runs the risk of being much more god how do I say this without sounding close-minded narrow evil jaded awful what the hell I'll just go for it religious and saccharine and g ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I doubt anyone else will agree with me, but I think this book may topple The Fault in Our Stars as my favourite book of the year.

You can find this review and many more at Mermaid Vision Books!

Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 218
Format: Hardcover
Source: ARC received from publisher

Tell Me More: There are some books that becomes so precious to me that I can barely string two words together about how much I love them. I keep th
Steph Su
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: dead-relatives
PURITY had a great premise that catches the attention of even the most jaded of readers—promises to a dead person! a ball! SEX!—but unfortunately, the book fell flat for me. The story seems to struggle with an identity crisis over whether it’s lighthearted or philosophical, with the result that it doesn’t really succeed at either end.

The good thing is that the characters, their relationships with one another, and the story’s romance are done very well. Shelby is a bit of a Jane Everygirl, which
Charley Cook
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just wish it had delved further into the world of 'purity parties' and controversy with virginity in the Christian religion. Idk, just wish it had gone just a bit further. ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, ya
This was a very odd book, which in the end won me over despite some pretty major reservations. It's not often that I feel the need to flag this fact, but I did read this as a not-at-all-young adult and furthermore, as a mother (of girls). However, I also read it as someone whose father died when she was 7, and who wasn't even in the same continent as her parents at the time.

There's not much point in copying and pasting the description above of the book, although I do want to comment on this des
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was ok

While the premise was interesting, the execution did not work, and the messages became very scrambled, jumbled, and ultimately problematic.

Shelby's journey was one that frustrated me because she was so close minded, and even in the end when she believes she's figured it out when it comes to boys -- (view spoiler)
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm reasonably sure that, as a 30 something year old male, I have no business reading this book. I'm also quite confident that the act of reading this book has put me on some government watch list. Or several of them.

But hey if NPR puts it on one of their top 5 lists, who am I to argue?

My inner teenage girl could well identify with the the glee and terror of the Princess Ball. My older, grumpy, quite male self struggled to identify with the merits of panty selection.

There is a strength to the
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I very much enjoyed Sisters Red, as I appreciated the modern take on a fairy tale. I read some reviews after I finished that mentioned some themes I may not have liked, but I didn't pick up on them as a reader, so I didn't let them affect my opinion.

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Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Melody Manful
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
S.E.X. Wow, now that I’m officially 18 I think I can say the ‘S’ word without making a face or acting like I’m in kindergarten. S.E.X… no wait I just made a face, but it was defiantly not the same face that Shelby made when she decided to lose her virginity on a loophole.

Remember when in the old days virtue was some kind of a big deal? Well, in Purity it’s not! I’m pretty sure when Shelby hears that someone *cough* Edward Cullen *cough* made such a big deal out of the whole virtue thing, she’d l
Kelly Hager
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelby's mom died when she was little. Before she did, though, she made Shelby promise three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible and to live a life without restraint. Shelby clings to those promises, because they're now as close as she can get to her mom and basically her mom's last pieces of advice. She and her dad get along fine, living parallel but not particularly close lives. She has high school and her friends; he has his job and a habit of volunteering for every c ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Purity is a beautiful tapestry of words; colorful emotional threads woven together to create a unique story rich with humor that still touches on more serious issues like God, sex, and growing up. For those (like me) who tend to steer clear of books that have prominent religious overtones, fear not, Ms. Pearce approaches the topic with an intriguing and appealing combination of gravity and levity, making Shelby’s story not so much one specifically about her faith, but rather about her confusion ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read Sisters Red, Jackson's first book, last year and was underwhelmed. It was hard to say exactly why, but I just didn't connect to the story like I wanted. But Purity is a very different story from Sisters Red, and I think Jackson Pearce should write more contemporary stories, her voice translates excellently. Purity is a fantastic story about love, faith, and freedom, plus I'm a sucker for father daughter stories :)

Purity handles the topics of death, sexuality, and religion with a gentle g
I did enjoy Purity, a lot more than I thought I would. I liked Shelby, she was endearing and I saw her grow and change through the story. I liked her friendship with Ruby and the friendship/romance with Jonas. I thought her memories of her mother were sweet.

And most of all, I loved her relationship with her father, it was really sweet. My father and I are really close, so I could sorta relate to Shelby.

Normally, I would like that religion wasn't a big theme in the book. I don't really enjoy re
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
A young adult book about virginity, the loss there of and strong religious themes like Purity by Jackson Pearce is bound to cause some controversy. Y’all, I think Purity has an audience and perhaps that audience is someone like me, because it didn’t offend me like it did a few of my friends.

Read the rest of my review here
Edward Sullivan
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Funny, honest, and occasionally poignant. The idea of a ceremony in which teenage girls pledge their virginity to their fathers is one of the creepiest non-criminal things I can think of.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Had potential... But that's about it. ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: forpleasure
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Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some young adult novels are straightforward with their premise. For example, by looking at the title, cover, and synopsis of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, one can infer that it’s a sweet story about friendship and awesome pants. Others, like Purity, leave the reader wondering what the book will be like: is this going to be a serious and sad novel? Will the author leave me thinking deep thoughts, or just throw me a fluffy storyline with heavy themes merely sprinkled thr ...more
Shesten Melder
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Plot Sketch: Before Shelby's mom died, she made her promise her three things: to listen and love her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Up until now, she's done a really good job of living without restraint, and obeying her mostly-uninvolved father. But now Shelby's got a conundrum on her hands impending Princess Ball, where she has to pledge her purity to her father. And her father won't let her out of it. This is the story of how Shelby tries to reconcile the P ...more
Wandering Librarians
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Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2012, arc
Purity is a well written novel, which I think is expected when you're dealing with someone as well respected as Jackson Pearce. I think my issue is that I was expecting more. The novel is technically excellent, but for me it was lacking heart. The issues in this novel are certainly of the kind that should by default stir your emotions up. And, confession, I'm emotional about books. I am a book crier. I cry in books all. the. time. So I was surprised that I didn't feel any kind of connection with ...more
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Just before her mother died, ten-year-old Shelby promised she would do three things: listen to her father, love as much as possible, and live without restraint. It's been fairly easy to follow those three promises so far - she avoids having her father tell her not to actually do something so that she can still follow through on the third promise and even has a list of (sometimes crazy) things she hopes to accomplish in life.

But when her father tells her about the Princess Ball where daughters vo
Jen  Bigheart
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Sixteen-year-old Shelby lives by three Promises that were set in place by her dying mother - to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. The Promises were easy to follow as a girl, but now that her father is on the Princess Ball committee (father/daughter dance where the girl pledges her purity), Shelby decides that she isn't ready to commit to being a virgin until married. Only problem is, her unwillingness to pledge goes against the original Promises. S ...more
Jennifer Ellision
Posted to Almost Grown-up:

Jackson Pearce has done it again, you guys!

I won’t pretend I didn’t go into Purity with some high expectations, having read and loved Pearce’s other works. I was thrilled for the chance to read her first contemporary novel, Purity.

And I spent a lot of the time that I read it with either big-ass grin on my face or holding back tears when Pearce reached INTO my chest to pluck at my heartstrings.

I won’t lie to you, this book isn’t going to be for everyone because some peop
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